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An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

While some of us can tune political divisiveness out by turning off our televisions and radios there are others who are the real victims of this discord; the homeless. The left/right divide halts action and in this instance, has the unfortunate outcome of people continuing to sleep on our streets. Just this past week Housing […]

Los Angeles Homeless Numbers: Making It Count

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Jun 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Los Angeles Homeless Numbers: Making It Count

Could it be that the tide of homelessness in Southern California has peaked? Leaders and advocates are cautiously optimistic.

More Racism, More Homelessness?

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Sep 6, 2017 | Comments Off on More Racism, More Homelessness?

Is homelessness a product of racism in this country? For those of us who have been working on the front lines of homelessness for years, we define root causes of homelessness in phrases like, “lack of affordable housing,” “a lack of resources,” “a broken social safety net.”

We’re working on the homeless problem, but don’t expect instant results

Even though this year’s homeless numbers increased, we should remain hopeful.

Ending Homelessness: The Wait is Killing Them

But it’s the slow pace of addressing homelessness in our country that is literally killing people who are dying on our streets. We should all feel the sense of urgency to fund solutions and end homelessness every single day, until it’s no longer an issue.

What Does The End of 2016 Mean For Homelessness?

Five years ago, I wrote a blog piece wondering how our country would respond to homelessness if Donald Trump was elected President. That was in 2011 when almost everyone thought a Trump Presidency was simply all talk. However, in just a few weeks, President Trump becomes a reality – and not a reality TV show, […]

Local Jurisdictions Are Forced to Address Homelessness on Their Own

It is difficult to predict the future, however, for local leaders who are desperately in search of solutions to address homelessness on their streets, depending on resources from a federal government that is leaning toward less government participation could be a recipe for a larger human crisis.

Do We Really Need a Homelessness Awareness Week?

By Joel John Roberts | Posted Nov 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Do We Really Need a Homelessness Awareness Week?

We are afraid to admit that the crisis of homelessness is our fault, even though the solution to homelessness is simple: provide housing for everyone.

Does Declaring a Homeless Crisis Mean Calling in the Cavalry?

But calling in the Cavalry to address homelessness simply does not work. Being homeless is not a crime. Any action that might criminalize a person’s state of homelessness simply attracts a civil lawsuit that essentially shuts down a community’s ability to actually help those who need housing, and prevents a community from dealing with those on the streets who are actually breaking real laws.

Is Eliminating Homeless Shelters a War Against Compassion?

Give a person a real home – a studio apartment would suffice – with regular supportive services, and you have ended homelessness, at least for that one person. Clearly, an apartment is way better than a shelter bed.